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I purchased Nivea Cashmere Moments Shower Cream when it was on offer for 95p. Its usual price is £1.90 in Sainsbury's. ~Product claims:~ Shower crème has cashmere extract and sensual orchid blossom scent Hydra IQ moisture technology for a soft skin feeling pH skin-balanced - dermatologically approved Pampering shower cream oil for cashmere soft skin "Let the sensual scent of orchid blossom indulge your senses." The luxurious cream oil formula, enriched with cashmere extract, develops into a delicate foam which caresses your skin leaving it as soft and smooth as cashmere. Relax and rejuvenate with every shower. ~Ingredients:~ Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, Polyquaternium-7, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Laureth-4, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-90 Glyceryl Isostearate, Benzophenone-4, Laureth-2, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, CI 10316, CI 16035. ~My experience:~ The shower cream comes in a white squashed cylindrical shape with an easy flip lid. The packaging design is fairly simple and the word "cashmere" and "orchid" conveys a luxurious product. The shower cream does have extracts of cashmere and has the scent of orchid blossom. I don't know what orchids smell like, but the smell is gorgeous and really does add to the luxurious feel. The smell is rather feminine, so I would not recommend this shower gel for men. I have sensitive skin but have not had any problems after using this shower crème. To use, just flip open the lid, turn upside down and squeeze. Only a small amount is required on a sponge/ flannel and it lathers up really well. The shower cream itself is thick, adding to the quality feel of the product. This crème has "Hydra IQ moisture technology for a soft skin feeling". My skin does feel soft after use however I still feel the use of a moisturiser is needed post shower. This is a lovely product and it really does help to relax and rejuvenate in the shower. I would be willing to pay the full price for this particular shower crème from Nivea.
I have been with Diamond for many years. I originally took insured my car with them as they provided really cheap insurance for female drivers. Unfortunately use of the differences between men and women as a risk factor in setting premiums for car insurance was deemed to breach EU rules on equality according to the European Court of Justice and from 21 December 2012 insurance companies were no longer able to base insurance rates on statistics about the differing road accident records of the sexes. Despite this, I have not noticed the impact on my premium, and it has remained low. Diamond (as well as all other insurance companies I'm sure) are guilty of offering me ridiculously inflated renewal quotes every year. One should never accept the renewal quote - the general advice is to haggle or leave. I always use comparison sites to compare quotes from companies, and request Diamond to match the lowest quote I find. So far, Diamond have always been happy to do this. Although it's important for me to obtain the cheapest quote, I have had such a positive experience with Diamond, I would be willing to pay more to stay with them. When travelling abroad I phoned Diamond to pay for additional cover however unknown to me, my comprehensive insurance happened to cover Europe which makes it even better value for me. Comprehensive insurance covers: * Courtesy Car whilst your car is under repair at one of Diamond's approved garages * Motor Legal Protection up to £100,000 * Personal Injury cover up to £5,000 * Child Car Seat cover (you can get up to £300 of cover for your children's accessories, buggies and car seats) * Name drivers earn a Diamond No Claims Discount (any named drivers, not just the main driver can earn a No Claims Discount with Diamond) * Add a partner to your policy * European cover included with all policies up to 90 days * Flexible payment options * 24 hr emergency roadside helpline * Hassle free claims service * Handbag cover (covers your bag and its contents up to £300) I don't think I'll ever use the handbag cover as I never carry anthing valuable and my bag is mega cheap, but this may appeal to some. I have been involved in a car accident which wasn't my fault. The day after the accident, my car was collected and a courtesy car provided. Diamond were easy to contact and communicate with and the matter was resolved within a reasonable amount of time. Overall I have had a very good experience with Diamond, and as long as their premiums remain good value for money, I will remain a loyal customer.
I have had a subscription to "Grow your own" for about 3 years now. Within the last year, the magazine format has undergone some changes to make it more appealing to the mass market and to bring it in line with the current trend for growing your own, especially in limited urban areas. The magazine now has interesting ideas every month for all spaces, from a few containers to those with large allotments. Cost: £3.99 per copy, or subscribe for £43 for one year (12 issues) with a saving of £4.88, or £85 for 2 years (24 issues) with a saving of £10.76. Every month, Grow Your Own Magazine brings you general growing news from around the country as well as practical information and step by step guides for making the most of your growing space. Every month the magazine outlines what to sow, plant and harvest now, as well as other jobs to complete. The regular features cover a broad variety of growers from those with vegetable gardens, fruit gardens, to a small growing space to allotments to undercover growing. Probably the two most well known contributors to this magazine are Alys Fowler who writes "The Urban Gardener" and James Wong who writes "The Home grown Revolution". Although Alys' article is aimed at those with small growing spaces, usually growing in containers, she always has original ideas and grows new and interesting types of vegetables. Her ideas can easily be transferred to larger spaces should you be so lucky to have one. James Wong explores exotic and unusual cops to grow and if you follow his advice, you definitely won't get into a rut growing the same things every year. You will find practical information and step by step guides, from building compost heaps, creating compost, to protecting crops from the cold. Every month there is an organic master class which explores ideas and techniques within the ever-popular organic growing movement. Products are tested and reviewed, with an opportunity to win a variety of items. The "seasonal Chef" gives some great recipes and ideas of what to do with your harvest. More recently, this magazine has increased its focus on wildlife and making your space wildlife friendly, which I think is a very good cause. There are helpful guides, and there is a feature every month about bee keeping although not so useful for me as I don't keep bees. I also don't keep chickens, so I've no idea if the regular chicken article towards the back of the magazine is useful, but chicken care has been a feature in the magazine since I started my subscription. Every month there are new and different features, from detailed guides to particular crops to seasonal information. For the past year, there has usually been at least one free packet of seeds per issue, with a feature of how to sow, grow and nurture. The seeds have usually been something I would have grown anyway, which makes the magazine very good value for me. The format of the magazine is attractive to the eye and articles are easy to read. The number of adverts throughout the magazine is acceptable. I find that the glossy pages are of a better quality than some other vegetable growing magazines, which means I can have a read in-between jobs on the plot and my grubby fingers don't cause the pages to disintegrate.
If you've read my Breville toaster review, then you will already know I bought the Sainsbury Basic Toaster after my expensive Breville toaster blew up. I bought this toaster in-store for £5.00 on offer but I can see it is currently available for £9.00 on the Sainsbury website. The dimensions are 19.3 x 38.9 x 16.8cm and it doesn't take up much space at all. Unfortunately it only comes in white, which doesn't match my kitchen colour scheme, but I couldn't justify spending the extra money at the time. It is plastic, and it really does look as cheap as it costs. It has two extra wide slots, in which you can fit four slices of bread. I have toasted burger baps halved in the toaster successfully. There are 7 settings, but I find setting number 5 is sufficient to toast the bread. There is a button to cancel mid cycle if you have set the machine to toast for too long. I have found that most loaves of bread are a bit too tall for the toaster, and the top 1cm of the bread does not get as toasted as the rest, however, for the cheap price of the toaster I have not found this too much of a bother. The toast automatically "pops" up when finished and there is a high lift function to lift the slices out over the top of the toaster so you can avoid burning your fingers. There is a handy slide out crumb tray, however I find crumbs find their way past this tray on to the kitchen surface, so I keep the toaster on a tray to stop crumbs going everywhere. This toaster is in no way aesthetically pleasing, it's toasting area needs to be 1cm taller and a fair amount of crumbs avoid the crumb tray making it onto the surface below. However, it works, which after my experience with Breville is a real novelty. For such a cheap toaster you can't expect it to be perfect. I'm just happy that I'm still able to eat toast for my breakfast every day.
Written by Lia Leendertz who has also written "The half hour allotment" and writes articles in the Guardian. This book is available for £10.34 on amazon. This is a hardback book with good quality thick pages. This book does not follow the usual formula of practical growing information of most books about allotments. Instead, Lia takes the reader on a journey around the impressive, quirky, stylish and interesting plots around Great Britain and a couple from France thrown in for good measure. The book is dominated by beautiful photos, with the text taking you through the story of each plot, with Lia's enthusiasm and passion for the topic intertwined with wit and humour. Think you know what an allotment is all about? Think again - there are some very imaginative and experimental growers out there! The book is divided into the following sections: ~Historic~ Amazingly the first allotment site in England is still in existence, and this section explores a plot on this site, along with sites originally for fisher men and railway workers. France gets a look-in with its allotment next to a train station and the floating market garden of Amiens. ~A feast of flowers~ The growing of cut flowers has become more popular and there are some people who devote their plots to beautiful blooms. Here you will find perfect Dahlia blooms in Birmingham, a tropical garden in Shrewsbury, an artist's fusion of art and cut flowers and a secret plot on an allotment behind a locked door that protects an extraordinary space full of flowers, fruit and art. ~All for one~ Community projects and gardens bring people together to work towards the common goal of sustainability and food production. Even the most unlikely of places can be turned into a productive space. Courtyard space in offices, land used by a school and an organic community orchard are included. My two favourite from this section are the slightly quirkier and more imaginative uses of space. Skips in a building site in Kings Cross and an edible bus stop in Lambeth. ~Edible jungle~ Permaculture, forest gardening and perennial plants are explored. Have a peek at the allotment of Alys Fowler (author of "have your garden and eat it" and writer for the Guardian) and get some unusual ideas about alternative growing techniques. ~Food from home~ People settling in the UK have experimented and despite our unpredictable weather patterns and colder climate they have successfully grown veg originally from Thailand, Cyprus, Japan and Jamaica. If you're stuck in a rut growing the same old things year after year, you can take a "leaf" out of these growers books and try something more exotic. ~The creative process~ Unusual crops to make preserves, producing honey and wine and growing plants for dyes and weaving. This book challenges the stereo-typical view of an allotment, and although there are no practical guides, it is a great source of ideas and inspiration. A very enjoyable read.
If you are thinking about growing your own vegetables, then runner beans are one of the easiest to start off with. Prolific croppers, great tasting and saves you loads of money by not having to buy them from the supermarket. Most runner beans have red flowers, but I personally like the "white lady" variety which gives white flowers. They are suited to any garden colour scheme. This particular variety is available for £3.69 for 30 seeds. You do not need to sow all of the seeds at once! ~~Soil preparation~~ Beans love moisture rich composting material. On my allotment, I dig a big trench where they are to be planted, and I fill it with any composting material from the kitchen over the winter months. I then screw up lots of newspaper, and water the trench before filling it back in and planting the beans. This may not be practical in a garden, so I recommend digging in some well rotted horse manure or chicken manure pellets a month before you plant the beans to ensure healthy happy plants. ~~To seed or not to seed? ~~ If starting from seed, you can start them off in a greenhouse/ indoors in April by sowing one seed per small pot filled with general compost. You can also sow direct into the ground after the last frosts have passed. I know that in London this is mid-may but it really depends where you are in the country. If starting from scratch seems daunting, then you can order plug plants from a variety of online retailers or purchase them from a garden centre from April/ May onwards. Runner beans will not survive a frost so make sure you look up when the last frosts are expected in your area and plant out accordingly. Plants kept indoors or in a greenhouse will need to be "hardened" off, which means they need to get used to being outside for short periods of time before being planted outside permanently. Plants can be put outside during the day, and brought back inside/ into the greenhouse during the night for about a week. ~~Where to grow~~ Runner beans are climbing plants, and they can be grown up against a wall or they will need supports. Growing up against a wall is a great use of space. They require a decent amount of sunlight during the day, so don't choose a spot that's too shady. ~~Supporting your beans~~ If growing against a wall, the beans will need something to cling onto, so tie some string across the wall at regular intervals, or hang a pea net up (usually to be found in poundshops). If you do not have a wall, then you can use bamboo canes, available in garden shops. Buy 6-8foot long canes. There are many different ways to arrange the canes, but the two most popular ways are in a wigwam shape, or in an A-frame shape. It really depends on the size of your plot. ~~Caring for your beans~~ Runner beans need to be watered regularly. I water every second day in really hot and dry weather. They do not need any plant feeds as long as you follow the soil preparation instructions above. Slugs can be a problem and there are many techniques for dealing with them. My favourite, which I tested this year with success, has been making a moat of used coffee grounds around the beans. Of course, when it rains, this moat gets washed away, so constant application is required. My coffee shop at work bags up used coffee grounds for customers to take for their compost heaps. ~~Harvesting~~ Beans can be ready to harvest from June-September dependeing on when you grew them. Don't let your beans get really big as they will get very stringy. When they stop feeling very hairy, that's usually the right time. You can experiment picking them at different sizes to get to know your preference. You need to be on top of picking these beans - every 2-3 days otherwise the plant puts all its energy into growing huge beans, instead of flowering to produce new beans. ~~Seed Saving~~ As long as you haven't bought a variety that says "F1" on the packet, you will be able to save seeds to grow next year. At the end of the cropping season, leave 5-10 beans on the plant to swell up. As the foliage dies back, harvest the beans, remove the beans from the pod and keep in a cool dark spot until next year. ~~End of season~~ When your beans have finished cropping, don't pull the whole plant out of the ground. Cut them off at soil level. Beans make their own nitrogen nodules at the roots, and this will rot down and provide natural food for whatever you plan to grow in that spot next year. Make sure you take the canes out of the soil over winter to prevent rot and prolong their useful life. ~~Cooking~~ There a so many recopies out there for runner beans. You can boil for 3-4 minutes to eat with your diner, make a curry, chutney, pickle or freeze for later use. The internet has a wealth of information and suggestions if you are experiencing a runner bean glut.
Quidco is one of the many cashback websites that pay you for shopping. There really isn't any excuse not to earn money back on your shopping. When signing up to Quidco, check to see if anyone you know has an account - if they refer you, they get to earn some additional cashback! There are two account options for Quidco. One is the standard account which is free, and the second option is the "premium" account, for which you pay £5. I have used Quidco for many years, when only one account option was available. They would take the first £5 you earned every year. When they brought about the account options, I opted for the standard account and no longer pay a fee. The advantage of the premium account is that you get your cash back payments quicker, but I'm never in a rush for my payments, and I haven't noticed a difference since going for the standard account. There are several ways to earn cashback through Quidco: ~Internet Purchases Link Referral~ For all internet purchase including shopping, insurance, utilities, subscriptions and more, you can check through the Quidco search engine whether they offer any cash back rates for the retailer/ supplier. They are able to do this, as you click on their link which refers you to the retailer/ supplier. They then pay Quidco if you make a purchase. Quidco in turn then pass on a percentage of that to you. ~No-Brainer~ Quidco has a "no-brainer" section which does what it says on the tin. These are usually free or very cheap monthly subscription trials from which you can earn significant cashback. The deals constantly change, so it's good to keep an eye on what's on offer. Some examples of my successful cashback from this section include: Lovefilm one month free trial with £15 cash, Audible monthly free trial with £4 cashback. When you sign up for these trials, you do have to give your card details so that a payment can be taken once the trial ends. The key here is to be organised and cancel the trial a couple of days before it ends, thus no payment is ever taken from your card. Also within the "no-brainer" section you will often find offers to search for different types of insurance with the major search engines, and get cash back simply for searching. Sometimes up to £1.50 a time. ~In- store cashback~ You register your debit/ credit card numbers with Quidco, and they register when you make a purchase in one of their selected high street retailers. Over the years the list of high street retailers has dramatically increased and currently includes Debenhams, Halfords, The Body Shop and Dixons. A full list is available on the website. I have previously maximised my cash back when buying a car battery at Halfords by going through Quidco to reserve the item in my local Halfords, and then used my registered card to pay for it in store and got £7 back for something I had to buy anyway. ~Click-Snap Grocery~ You can now download apps for android and iphone or you can upload a copy of your receipt if shopping in-store to the website. Using the app or the website you will find a list of items that will earn you cashback. These lists are updated and change regularly. My golden rule is to only buy things off the list that I would have bought anyway! ~Check-in~ Using the Quidco app, you can earn 10p for "checking in" to chosen shops. If I happen to be in the shop I'll do this, although making sure your GPS is accurate as this is how they know you are in the shop. ~Quidco Opinions~ You can now set up a profile through Quidco and take surveys to earn cashback. I have to admit that my preferred company for surveys is Valued Opinions, as I feel they offer the best value but I will complete a Quidco survey every now and then. Quidco regularly changes and updates it's offers, so keep a check on the website to grab the best deals. Earning all this cashback is great but do be warned, it does take time, sometimes 6 months for the cashback to be credited to your account. There are instances where your purchase may not "track" (register) and Quidco have a procedure for you to follow if this happens. This has never happened to me. One way to check out the reliability of the retailer in tracking and paying your cashback to Quidco are the reviews by other Quidco users on the website. I often avoid retailers who have been given numerous poor reviews. I don't understand why some people don't want to earn cashback on day to day and annual purchases. In the last year I have earned £60, which may not seem like a lot, but it certainly helps at Christmas time. If you are thinking about signing up, I would go for the free account. It is also worthwhile shopping around through the cashback sites, I don't use Quidco for all my purchases as another site may have a better deal at the time.
Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider comes in a brown glass bottle containing 500ml of the product. My local pub charges £4.30 a bottle. I have not bought it in a supermarket, but I'm sure it will be much cheaper there. I drink this occassionally as a change from the same old drinks when at the pub. The drink smells strongly of strawberry and when poured from the brown bottle, appears pale pink in colour. This drink is best served over ice. The taste is very sweet and strawberry flavoured. It reminded me of strawberry 'dib-dabs' that I would eat as a child. I wasn't able to detect the lime flavour. Rekorderlig does taste pleasant, a little bit like a fizzy drink rather than an alcoholic drink, and is dangerously easy to drink very quickly. I find that one of these is enough for me as I can feel my teeth reacting to the large amount of sugar present in the drink. There are 315 calories in a 500ml serving of this drink, so not a drink for those on a diet, or who are being careful about their diet. This drink is more suited to sitting in the beer garden on a warm day rather than a winter drink. It is suitable for those who like sweet sugary drinks, and personally one of these is enough for me. The taste is pleasant but I feel that £4.30 per bottle is on the expensive side. After writing this review I found myself sat in the beer garden with this cider much more often. It has definately been my drink of the summer.
This cucumber and green tea scent lotion is a new addition to the "go fresh" range. == The Product == This Dove moisturising lotion comes in a 250ml white bottle with a pop-up cap. On the front of the bottle the additional green colour gives the impression of a refreshing lotion. The product is labelled "Dove go fresh nourishing lotion with cucumber and green tea" and underneath states "Deepcare Complex" with three droplets of lotion to highlight the nourishing nature of the lotion. The product is for normal skin. On the back of the bottle it is explained that the menthol, cucumber and green tea combination will leave the user with a "just got out of the shower feel". You are told that the "Deepcare Complex" includes skin natural ingredients and rich essential oils to help gradually improve skin starting deep down. Dove claims that the lotion is fast absorbing and dermatologically tested. == Price and availability == I bought this from Tesco's instore. It was on special offer of half the usual price for £1.99. The product is marketed as new. After a quick but not exhaustive search on the internet I was unable to find this product for sale in this country. I have not yet checked if it is available instore at other large supermarkets. == My Experience == Upon the first squeeze of the body I noticed that the cream has a runnier consistency than I would usually associate with Dove. It is thick enough to retain an even white opaqueness but nevertheless disappointing as it doesn't feel as luxurious as other Dove Lotions. I'm not sure what green tea smells like, but the cream definitely smelt of menthol and cucumber. The smell was just right, and it smelt natural and not synthetic. The cream itself feels cool when rubbed into the skin- a calming effect of the menthol, and dries into the skin quickly. The cream lives up to it's "just stepped out the shower" claim, however I must admit that I only apply cream after showering anyway. The noticeable refreshing effects and smell of the cream are still noticeable for up to an hour after application, which I was very happy with. I'm not sure how I can measure or describe the effects of the "Deepcare Complex", other than to say that my skin feels moisturised, and I have no dry patches after using this cream for a week. == Verdict == Despite initial disappointment with the consistency of the cream, I was very happy with the smell and especially the cooling effect the cream had on my skin. My skin feels nourished. This lotion does what it says on the tin. A cream more suited to the warmer summer months.
I am a pale ginger and I need to be really careful that my skin doesn't burn in the hot sunny weather. I look forward to having some sun and warmth in the summer months (when our weather isn't playing tricks on us) but I never look forward to the greasy smelly sun cream that I associate with it. I need to apply sun cream every couple of hours and find that dirt sticks to my skin, and the cream builds up behind my knees, in-between my fingers and the creases of my elbows. When I discovered a clear, liquid sun spray I knew I had to try it. I always wait for special offers in supermarkets/ pharmacies, and I bought 2 bottles of this sun spray for £15. I purchased SPF 50+ so I cannot comment in this review about the effectiveness of this spray whilst obtaining a tan. Garnier claim that this transparent sun protection is non-greasy, non-sticky and leaves no white marks. It also contains a hydrating complex, enriched with Cactus Nutriflavones and Pure Vitamin E, which defends the skin by hydrating it. There are two stickers on the packaging that state "very water resistant" Garnier advise to shake the bottle well before use, to apply product just before sun exposure and to re-apply generously to maintain protection especially after swimming (which doesn't fit in with the "very water resistant claim". In bold, so you don't miss it is the advice "Do not apply on the face". == The bottle == The bottle is plastic and holds 200ml of spray. Both sides of the bottle have been ergonomically designed so that your fingers fit in the grooves of the plastic, ensuring good grip and that the bottle doesn't slip out of your hands when applying. There is a clear plastic lid which pops off easily to reveal a pump with a concave surface, in which a finger fits quite nicely. At the front of the bottle, there is a see through strip running the length of the bottle which allows you to see how much spray is left. I have found the bottle and pump easy to use and the range of the spray ensures a good area of skin is covered per spray. == The product == The transparent liquid contains alcohol, which helps it to dry quickly on your skin. Although the pump range covers a good area of skin, I would still recommend rubbing in the liquid to ensure no areas of skin are left unprotected. There are absolutely no white marks and the liquid dries into the skin fairly quickly, so I recommend getting into a particular routine for application to ensure you don't miss anywhere. The application instructions do advise you NOT to apply to the face, but I've never been one for doing what I'm told, and I didn't want to carry two bottles of sun cream- one for my body and one for my face. Be warned, the alcohol within the liquid does sting. It REALLY does sting your eyes. However I persevered with it and I found that as long as I keep my eyes closed during application, and for another 30 seconds after it dries, there is no problem. The spray does have a general sun cream smell, but when it dries on your skin, most of that disappears. As the liquid is clear, and doesn't have a heavy feel in comparison to sun creams, I found it easy to be over liberal with the spray, and I'm sure I run out of this product quicker than sun creams. == Garnier's claims == Garnier claim that this product is non-greasy and non-sticky and they are correct. It is so refreshing to be able to feel "normal" during the summer, instead of sticky and smelly. Garnier claim that the sun cream is very water resistant, which was another reason for my buying it as I like to go on surfing holidays in the summer and find my face and hands burn very quickly. I tend to fall off my board a fair amount and get spun around in the waves like a washing machine, which usually means that sun cream is practically useless. Last summer I left the water every 1.5-2 hours to reapply and found that that I got colour on my face and hands but no sunburn. == Summary == This is a product that lives up to its claims. When bought as part of a special offer I believe it to be extremely good value for money. I do find that I finish a bottle quicker than the usual sun creams but to be honest, I would happily use this product if it ran out in half the time of usual sun creams because it is so pleasant to have on your skin in the summer, and it has excellent water protection.
Petit pois peas are smaller than garden peas and taste sweeter. Peas taste best after just picked, so unless you grow your own and can pick and eat them the same day, there isn't any taste benefit in buying fresh. Frozen peas are a great alternative to "just picked" peas from the garden/ allotment and I prefer the taste to tinned peas. Cooked just right, they taste sweet and crunchy. A 907g bag of Sainsbury's own brand petit pois is £1.75 (£1.93 per kg). Birdseye branded petit pois are more expensive at £3.49 for a 1.07kg bag (£3.26 per kg). There really isn't any difference in taste between the two, so I would always opt for the cheaper option. Frozen peas are quick and easy to cook. The packaging suggests adding them to a pan of boiling water and cooking them over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes. There is also the option of microwaving them, something I have never tried myself. To do this, you put a portion of peas in a microwavable container, add a small amount of cold water, and microwave for 4-5 minutes depending on the power of your microwave. My favourite way to cook peas is to add to a boiling pan of water with a pinch of salt and dried mint. Frozen peas don't just have to be cooked as above, they are very versatile and I like to use them in curries, omelettes, risottos and pasta dishes. The web is a great recipe resource if you're after different ways to cook frozen peas. I live with my partner, and we usually get through a 907g bag in just under a month. I wouldn't like to guess what is sufficient for a family. Sainsbury's petit pois are much cheaper than the leading branded version, and taste just the same. I would always recommend buying Sainsbury's own brand of petit pois.
Robinsons suggest diluting the original summer fruits squash with 4 parts of water to 1 part squash. For the concentrated version, they recommend using half as much, which is 8 parts water to 1 part squash. I have found, that although the taste of the concentrated version is satisfactory, I just can't make it match that of the original Robinsons summer fruits squash. The 1.25 litre bottle claims to make 50 servings compared to the original which makes only 20. I have not counted how many servings I get out of a bottle, but it does seem to be lasting a long time. The 1.25 litre bottle is a nice wide bottle, with an ergonomically shaped handhold on the back of the bottle allowing for good grip whilst pouring. Unfortunately, due to the shape of the bottle, I do not find them very practical to reuse as covers over tender plants/ seedlings in the garden (I'm sure most drinks bottle designers are not thinking that someone may want to reuse the bottles in this way when finished with the squash!) The taste as I have already mentioned is pleasant. It tastes of apples, strawberries and raspberries. Unfortunately I have a tendency to over pour the squash, which makes for a sickly sweet drink- so make sure you don't overdo it for a better tasting drink, and to make the bottle last longer. I have checked supermarket prices and this squash is available for £2 a bottle. That works out at £0.04 a serving. The original is £1 a litre and servings work out at £0.05 a serving. To be honest, once I've finished my three bottles of this squash, I will be going back to the original, as a 1p price difference between them doesn't make up for the difference in taste.
This product is a selenium and zinc supplement also containing vitamins C, E and B6. For just under £4, you can get a packet of 30 tablets. The recommended daily does is one a day taken with food. I take mine at breakfast so I don't forget. I'm the only one in my household using this supplement, so £4 a month seems reasonable to me. I have taken selenium for many years during winter months to boost my immune system and ward off colds. I find that that taking selenium, together with a healthy diet and regular exercise has really helped with keeping the colds at bay. This past winter I have not had a cold at all. I also suffer from eczema and pale skin which is prone to sunburn. I read somewhere a while ago that zinc is very good for skin including protecting against UV rays, and there is some research to suggest that taking zinc is beneficial for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, burns, boils and leg ulcers. The key word there is that there is "some" research, and much more is needed to be certain about the benefits of zinc. I started to take selenium with zinc about a year ago. To be honest I'm not sure how much benefit I get from the zinc in terms of my skin. I didn't get sunburnt at all last year, but then there wasn't very much sun! I haven't had any bad eczema flare ups for a year and a half, so I'm not sure if I can attribute that to the zinc element of these tablets. Although I'm not sure how beneficial the zinc has been to my skin, I do notice the benefit of the selenium during the winter months. For £4 a month, I think this is a good value for money supplement which really does help to boost the immune system.
I purchased this three tier greenhouse about a year and a half ago, for the price of £14.99. I have an allotment, but no garden, and I wanted a way of starting off the growing season without the risk of frost ruining my efforts. The frame of the mini-greenhouse reminds me of a play tent I had as a child. The frame is made up of many parts of tubular steel that slot into plastic brackets- no need for any tools. The plastic covering fits over the top, with Velcro loops on the inside to secure the covering to the frame. The front of the cover can be opened up with two zips on either side, and there is a tie cord at the top to tie it up in place to stop it flapping about. I placed the greenhouse in a very sheltered spot, however shortly after I started using it, the wind blew it over and I lost my seedlings. I would recommend putting some bricks or paving slabs on the bottom shelf to keep it secure and stop it falling over. The plastic cover has lasted a year and a half. The wind has caused it to tear to the point where a repair is not possible. The covers are available to buy separately for £6.99, and I am planning on buying another cover. While this is no substitute for a "real" greenhouse, I do not have the space or the money for one. This mini greenhouse is cost-effective way of starting off your growing season, safe in the knowledge that as long as you have the door closed at night, your seeds will not be affected by frost. I have also used this greenhouse for "hardening off" the limited amount of plants I've had space to start off at home.
While travelling around Cuba many years ago I became rather fond of their native beer, Bucanero. On my return home I searched high and low for Bucanero, so great was the taste and the quality. Recently I have found Cubanero, which is brewed at the Bucanero Brewery in Cuba. Elsewhere you will be able to purchase Bucanero, but due to trademark difficulties in the UK, it has been rebranded "Cubanero". Another popular native beer in Cuba is Crystal, which seemed more popular in Cuba, but I preferred the taste of Bucanero. A 330ml bottle of Cubanero will cost approximately £1.70. Unfortunately it has not made it into the mainstream supermarkets, but it can be purchased using the internet. I have also found it in a Cuban restaurant in London. I hope it isn't long before the supermarkets discover this delicious beer. The taste of the beer itself is very refreshing. It has a "natural" taste without the chemical aftertastes I encounter when drinking some of the more mainstream beers. It is made with Cuba's finest sugars, and there is definitely a sweetness to the beer, but it is not as overpowering as honeybeers. The beer is best served ice cold and I like to drink it straight from the bottle. The alcohol content is 5.4% which isn't the lightest of beers, but it is very drinkable and I found that drinking quite a few bottles of this beer makes me feel rather merry but not too drunk. This beer is unfortunetly out of stock fairly often, and delivery costs do make it a more expensive beer than many others on the market, but if you are lucky enough to get hold of it I would say it is definately worth the taste.